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Music proves that we are more alike than we think

A concert will take place on Sunday with dance and music, in the context of the travelling exhibition Archaeomusica which brings together ancient European musical instruments.

The concert will start at 6pm with a performance by the Ayioi Omoloyiton Cultural Workshop, followed by a performance by Italian group Dissoi Logoi at 7.30pm.

As the exhibition enables visitors to experience the world of ancient musical instruments in a way that brings us closer to musical traditions and European cultures, so the concert will move along the lines of giving us a better understanding of our common identity. Traditional dance will firstly have its turn at showing us how the arts have formed our culture, with dancers from the Ayioi Omoloyiton Cultural Workshop. The workshop implements research programmes into Cypriot traditional dances and music, cooperating with specialists in the field of traditional music and dance and getting involved in European-funded projects concerning culture and education.

After dance takes us through traditional Cypriot culture, the stage will welcome Italian band Dissoi Logoi who will use their instruments to blend traditional and popular music.

The many stylistic influences that characterise the music of Dissoi Logoi make it hard to define to which genre the band belongs. They use many musical voices to communicate with their audience, so everyone can recognise something from their own tradition and connect to the music.

The band was founded at the end of the 80s by Franco Parravicini and Alberto Morelli. The band’s name means ‘contrasting arguments’ in ancient Greek and, together with Federico Sanesi, the band members work on connecting Mediterranean and non-European sound traditions, weaving them together with languages that are typical of contemporary, rock and jazz music.

Morelli is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who studied composition and instrumental techniques of popular music of the Mediterranean Basin and Sub-Saharian Africa. He also studied the repertoire and playing techniques of the pipe and the oboe.

Parravicini is a guitarist and composer who, together with flautist Gerardo Cardinale, developed a study of the musical traditions of the Mediterranean and ancient Greece. Sanesi is a percussionist who aims to integrate different cultures and musical languages as well as art forms such as theatre, dance, cinema and poetry.

The exhibition, which has been touring Europe since June last year and will continue its tour until May next year, brings together ancient European musical instruments in the form of high-quality replicas and reconstructions. Wherever possible, the instruments are made from the same materials and with the same production techniques as the originals. Some of them are provided for hands-on exploration and can be played.

A set of multimedia installations with the use of 3D technology, including the Soundgate and an innovative audio tour composed like a listening book, explain the making and playing of these fascinating instruments from the past.

Archaeomusica Concert
Concert with traditional Cypriot and Asia Minor music. June 18. Archaeological Park, Kato Paphos. 6pm-9pm. Free. Tel: 26-955166

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